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Makes Good Yogurt But I Replaced It
on August 7, 2014
This makes good yogurt in those handy dandy little jars, but I replaced it with a different model after a few uses. It's easy to use and not a bad buy, but it just didn't work the way I needed.
First, to add anything to the yogurt after it's been made (fruit, granola, etc.), you have to pour the yogurt out of the jar. If you fill the jar like they recommend, there's not much room to stir in anything but some sweetener or a little jam. Yes, I could put less in the jar to have more room, but this is my breakfast.. the most important meal of the day. I'm breaking my fast here. I want my full 6 oz of yogurt with fixings so I can start the day right.
I love that it came with glass jars so I didn't have to worry about my yogurt sitting in warm plastic for 12 hours. And it's nice that they came with lids. The problem, though, is that the lids don't screw on very tight so I couldn't put a jar in my lunch bag because it leaked whey (and raspberry jam) all over my cute little bag. Twice.
Lastly, it's not easy to store when not in use. As I ate the yogurt, I washed the jars and lids and put them back in the maker. The problem is that the lid of the maker isn't tall enough to allow you to store the jar with their lids on. You either have to store the lids separately from the jars (more loose crap to keep track of), or you can leave them on and the lid just won't fix securely over the maker. Also, there's nothing to wrap the cord around underneath the maker, so the cord always got trapped under the crockpot or the casserole dishes and it was like an archaeological dig to get the cord loose.
In the end, I gave it away to someone who could live with those inconveniences and I bought the greek yogurt model instead: http://www.amazon.com/Dash-Greek-Yogurt-Maker-Bonus/dp/B00IIUT1AE/ref=sr_1_1. I make the yogurt mixture and put it in a 32 oz. Ball jar (like you use for canning fruits and vegetables) instead of using the container it comes with. Fits perfects. When the yogurt is done, I just put the lid on the large jar and put it in the fridge. I don't have to find space for seven non-stacking jars in the wasteland of my refrigerator and I can scoop it out as I want it. It works the way I need.